We rely on sponsors to help us with the expenses of running a team. Thousands of companies have sponsored FIRST Robotics teams to help create the next generation of engineers and accomplish FIRST‘s goal: “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

Sponsors help our team by finding technical mentors, donating materials, coming to regional events and demonstrations, inviting students to tour their facilities and use equipment, providing technical/marketing mentors for a team, or through monetary contributions. All sponsor logos go on our team T-shirts, robot, and website.

This year’s predicted budget includes the costs of registration, tools, robot parts, and travel. Most large corporate sponsors give $1,000 – $10,000 each. Any level of contribution is greatly appreciated! Please contact us at info@swrobotics.com.

We do accept in-kind donations! If you are interested in making an in-kind donation please contact us. Our in-kind donation wishlist includes:

  • Notebook computers* (one for the drive, 4-5 for programming team to practice CAD): $800 each or donation of computers
  • Two speed gearboxes: $500
  • Compressor and solenoids for pneumatics: $200
  • Cart for moving robot (adjustable height): $400
  • Update basic tools: $400

Your tax-deductible donation can be made to “Southwest High School” and directed to:

ATTN: John Pearson, Southwest High School Robotics, 3414 W. 47th St., Minneapolis, MN 55410

Stratysys and Excel Riverside Tours

This month we went  our sponsor, Stratasys. Southwest Media and Technology teacher Gabriel Pass and his Digital Technology class and FRC Team 7258, RoboLobos joined us. Thank you to Kevin Johnson, our tour guide. We also toured the Xcel Riverside power plant for a change…

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